The Last Worker: the video game selected for the 78th Venice Film Festival

The Last Worker: the video game selected for the 78th Venice Film Festival

The Last Worker

Wired Productions, Oiffy and Wolf & Wood are today pleased to announce that the video game The Last Worker, the work of writer and director Jörg Tittel, has been selected to participate in the 78th edition of the Venice Biennale Film Festival, which will be held from 1 to 11 September. It is the only video game to be featured in the new edition of one of the world's film exhibitions.

Nominated for a Golden Lion in the VR Expanded category, the title will be presented as a world premiere to the jury and guests accredited by the festival on Oculus Quest / Oculus Quest 2. It is the only video game among the 23 nominations. With its unique and immersive gameplay, hand-drawn 3D and 2D graphics based on concepts from legendary comic artist Mick McMahon, and a multi-instrumental soundtrack, The Last Worker includes intense performances by a stellar cast.

Jörg Tittel said: “I always dreamed that one of my stories would come to the Venice Biennale, but who would have expected it to be a virtual reality game! It's wonderful that the oldest film festival is at the forefront of celebrating the future of storytelling. There is no better place to present the world and the characters we have created ".

Released on all platforms starting in 2022, The Last Worker is a narrative adventure focused on the difficulties we encounter in an increasingly automated and dehumanizing world. With its lonely, oppressive, yet gorgeous setting, The Last Worker is a unique blend of first-person storytelling, simulation, and strategic stealth gameplay. Combining hand-drawn designs with unique and engaging game mechanics in an epic setting, the work offers an exciting yet provocative and entertaining story, with interesting characters played by a stellar cast.

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The Last Worker Nominated at Venice Film Festival

Many people may not be aware of The Last Worker, a narrative adventure game about 'our struggle in an increasingly automated world.' It's worth keeping an eye on this game however, because it's a nominee for a Golden Lion at the 78th Venice International Film Festival.

Published by Wired Productions, The Last Worker is one of eight games that was announced last night during the company's Wired Direct. While very few details about the game have been released to the public, it has already snagged itself a nomination in the VR Expanded category at the Venice Film Festival. Out of the 37 projects presented in this sidebar category, 23 of them will be competing for a Golden Lion award, and The Last Worker is the only video game in that category.

What do we know about The Last Worker?

As described by its Steam page and official website, the game is about '[humanity's] struggle in an increasingly automated world.' Given the title, it's safe to assume it's about the downsides of an automated workforce, especially in how it takes away jobs from human workers. Gameplay-wise, it will be a mix of first-person narrative, work simulation, and stealth strategy.

As for the people behind The Last Worker, it's being written and directed by Jörg Tittel, published by Wired Productions, and developed in a joint effort between Oiffy and Wolf & Wood. The concept art that inspired the game's hand-crafted art style were drawn by comic book artist Mick McMahon, who has worked on series like Judge Dredd and ABC Warriors. However, the rest of the 'all-star cast' will be revealed in early September to coincide with the Venice Film Festival.

The Last Worker releases sometime in 2022 on PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series S|X, PlayStation 5, and Oculus. Meanwhile, the Venice Film Festival starts on September 1st and ends on the 11th.